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Adult/High School–A collection of adaptations of 13 of Poe's poems and short stories. Many favorites are included, such as "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Raven," and "The Fall of the House of Usher"; some less-well-known works also make an appearance. The short stories are usually either abridged or paraphrased; "Hop Frog" and "The Black Cat" stand as exceptions, presented in their entirety with a few smart illustrations occasionally breaking the text. While no adaptation will ever completely do justice to Poe's genius, his original words are handled carefully and with due respect. However, where this edition of Graphic Classics succeeds most brilliantly is in its renditions of Poe's poems, which remain untouched yet are sumptuously and often lavishly decorated. Of particular note is Rafael Nieves and Juan Gomez's "The Bells." From J. B. Bonivert's psychedelic interpretation of "The Raven" to John Coulthart's gothic plates in "The Haunted Palace," each retelling opens new and engaging perspectives into Poe's masterpieces. The potential that this book has to draw comics readers, reluctant or otherwise, into the world of classic literature is enough to make it a worthwhile purchase; the quality of the art and storytelling makes it a noteworthy addition to any collection.–J. M. Poole, East Rochester Public Library, NY
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Gr. 9-12. Among all the authors included in the Graphics Classics series, Edgar Allan Poe may be the one whose work is best suited to graphic adaptation. Several new stories have been added to this third edition--among them, "The Imp of the Perverse" and "The Premature Burial." With a newly illustrated adaptation of "The Raven" as its centerpiece and a prose-and-pictures telling of "Hop Frog" as its climax, the collection, illustrated in styles ranging from the outright comedic to the brooding, wisely increases the density of the words as it progresses, drawing potentially reluctant readers more deeply into the stories. Although a sense of darkness--an essential quality in Poe's work--is occasionally lacking, some of the tales are well served by the ghoulish humor, and whimsical flourishes frequently lighten Poe's baroque language and tone to make the stories more accessible. Jesse Karp
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  • Series: Graphic Classics (Eureka) (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Eureka Productions; 3 edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974664871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974664873
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Edgar Allan Poe is a natural choice as the first volume of the Graphic Classics volumes, a series partially inspired by the Classic Illustrated collection of comic books, which attempted to lure young readers into reading respectable, "classic" authors through the comics medium. This new incarnation, however, takes an entirely different tact, combining fantastic literary stories with equally talented artists for something that is far more entertainment than education.

Also, while these are "comic books," the illustrators are far more "New Yorker" than "Fantastic Four." Creative, individualistic and highly stylized, each artist leaves their own distinctive mark on their story, creating a unique experience, a collaboration between author and artist.

This 3rd Edition of "Graphic Classics: Volume 1 - Edgar Allan Poe" assembles nine short stories and three poems of the master, including his most famous works as well as some less well-known. Each is given a different treatment, ranging from illustrated text pieces to full comic strips. Each is of very high quality, making this book highly recommended.

Included in this volume are:

"The Tell-Tale Heart" - My first Edgar Allan Poe story, that I was assigned to read in Jr. High School, is still a provocative and powerful piece. Artist Rick Geary gives us a straight-forward rendition, including a lovingly detailed picture of The Eye.

"King Pest" - A story of plague-ridden London, where two hapless sailors find themselves guests at the table of the King and Queen of pestilence. Anton Emdin's grotesque illustrations add a nice comic flair to the tale.

"The Premature Burial" - A claustrophobic tale of fear of premature burial, and how we often create the demon's that haunt us.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
Now in a newly revised and substantially enlarged fourth edition, the Eureka Productions graphic novelization of the stories of Edgar Allan Poe continues to document their 'Graphic Classics' series as one of the very best. Eleven stories are represented along with a diversity of artists doing the illustrations for them. Featured are The Pit and the Pendulum; William Wilson; The Tell-Tale heart; The Black Cat; never Bet the Devil Your Head; The Cask of Amontillado; The Fall of the House of usher; The Premature Burial; The Imp of the Perverse; The Raven; and Annabel Lee. This 144-page compendium of illustrated classics is very highly recommended for school and community library collections, and especially for Edgar Allan Poe enthusiasts!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lasiuta on October 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
Edgar Allan Poe Graphic Classics

Okay, I get the point. Having read all of Tom Pompluns' classic compilations, I have often thought `Why not get mainstream artists? I'm sure John Byrne would do one for him? Hey, Steranko? What about Wiacek? Or Perez?'. But, call me slow, this collection of stories has opened the door.

The tales he has chosen to adapt, and the artists he has assigned the work to, work. Why? In a twisted way, the sheer esoteric nature of the Poe, Twain, Stevenson, Doyle, Bierce, and Lovecraft stories match the highly stylized artwork from Geary, Weber, Howarth, Knight, Shaw and others. Put a story like King Pest into the hands of Frank Brunner, and you have a masterful piece, that may miss the off mark. Brunner is fantasy. Pest is satire, at its' best. Neal Adams doing the Cask of Amontilado would be a visual feast, but the art would overshadow the terror of the story. Some of the art in this volume does not necessarily make the tale sing, but it does put the onus onto the writer and as a team, it either does, or does not work.

Most of these work. This volume includes The Premature Burial, Imp of the Perverse, King Pest, The Tell Tale Heart, Masque of the Red Death, Hop Frog, Never Bet the Devil Your Head, Cask of Amontilado, Fall of the House of Usher, and the Raven. A couple of these are reprints but 40 of the 144 pages are new. Because of the new material, the book has a `new' feel to it.

Of the stories here, I had never heard of half of them. King Pest is a hoot. Hop Frog is delightful. The Imp of the Perverse is perverse. And the Premature Burial is masterful. Material from a genius like Poe should never be forgotten.

What the heck Tom, I bet Steranko would do a cover!!

Tim Lasiuta
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on July 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
An anthology of graphic adaptations of some of Edgar Allan Poe's works, both short stories and poems. Each story is written/illustrated by different people such as Rick Geary, Carlo Vegara, Matt Howarth and others resulting in a wide variety of artist styles throughout the book. Most of Poe's works collected here are his most famous but there are a few lesser known ones as well.

There are quite a lot of changes to this 4th edition with the removal of, mostly, the shorter lesser known works and the addition of a few poems but especially two major long works. First, but most importantly; all my favourites from the 3rd edition are still present. As I said in that review,

"My favourites were Rick Geary's retelling of "The Tell-Tale Heart" as I am fond of his work. I also enjoyed "The Imp of the Perverse" by Tom Pomplum and Lance Tooks which I had never heard of before. I also enjoyed Pedro Lopez' rendition of "The Cask of Amontillado" as that is one of my favourite Poe stories and the adaptation was well done."

What has been removed are: King Pest, Eldorado (a poem), Spirits of the Dead (a poem), The Masque of Red Death, and Hop-Frog. The only one of these I deeply regret the removal of is The Masque of Red Death and to a much lesser degree Hop-Frog.

The additions are mostly very strong. The Black Cat returns after its removal from the 3rd edition. The two new long pieces are The Pit and the Pendulum and William Wilson. The Pit and the Pendulum is worth the price of admission. It has been incredibly rendered in all its eerie glory by David Hontiveros and Carlo Vergara. Another of my favourite stories that has been presented in a terrifyingly creepy and atmospheric manner. This one joins my favourites in the entire book.
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